Le Mont Athos. Suite de douze eaux-fortes originales et inédites par Lyc. Kogévinas. Préface de Charles Diehl.

Paris, A la Belle Edition, [1922].

Folio, ff. 10, with 12 etchings (305 x 400 mm or vice versa), each signed by the artist, titled and numbered and in its own card mount; some light fingermarking in text, mounts occasionally slightly marked and lightly toned towards the edges, the etchings themselves in excellent condition; loose as issued in the original portfolio, upper cover lettered in gilt; rubbed, stained and faded, small paper label of Curtis Brown of Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, on upper cover; from the library of Robert Byron, but without his ownership inscription.

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First edition of this splendid suite of etchings of the monasteries of Mount Athos. This is number 78 of 250 suites printed (of which those numbered 1–25 are on Japon Impérial paper and those numbered 26–250 are on Holland Van Gelder paper).

Lykourgos Kogevinas (1887–1940), a native of Corfu, studied in Italy and in then in Paris (1904–08). The etchings here depict Stavronikita, Simonopetra, Dochiariou (two), Dionysiou, Pantokratoros, Chilandariou (two), the Great Lavra (two), Vatopedi and Koutlomousiou.

‘Those who have lived in Athens, and lunched, as Athens does, at Costi’s, will recall the lovely Madame Kogevinas. Her husband, an artist, is the author of an etching which shows Simopetra from a peculiar angle, rising its most precipitous into the sky. This view I also had in mind to see’ (Byron, The Station p. 152).

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